I finally painted! Dining Room Evolution

I painted my dining room today…finally!  I have been talking about it for quite some time now.  Since April to be exact.  I guess the pressure of the summer ending and school about to start, finally motivated me to break out the rollers and wipe the gathering dust off of the paint cans bought back in May.  I think the other reason I was dragging my feet was because I worried about the color I picked and whether or not it would all come together in the end –how I envisioned it in my head.  I am happy to report that I am very pleased with the outcome and, without further ado, here are the pictures showing the evolution of my humble dining room.

The first pictures are from the realtor walkthrough in 2006.  Unfortunately, this dining room was stuck back in 1986.

My favorite things about these two pictures are: 1. the seafoam green topped by a border topped by a white wall.  Interesting.  2. You can see in the below picture what the kitchen used to look like.  It has red damask fabric stapled halfway up the walls and swaths of material, supposedly valances, also stapled to the windows.  I have already shared pictures of that in a previous post.  The kitchen redo pictures will be upcoming. 3. the curtains that do not even touch the floor.  They are just kinda floating there.

I did not care for the wall color, so I picked something bland (Bonjour Beige, Glidden) hoping it would go with whatever I decided to do later.  Unfortunately, it did not.  I fell in love with some red silk damask curtains, so I knew painting again would be inevitable.  Here are the “waiting-til-something-better-comes-along” pictures.

Here is Vivian’s contribution to the day. She always seems to take pictures of me working.

And, finally, (I really shouldn’t say finally…you know me, I might paint again in a couple years!), here is what it looks like now.  The turquoise paint color I picked out was vetoed.  So, I painted Anchor Gray, Benjamin Moore, and accented in turquoise.  I painted the two end chairs turquoise, put up the decal tree and turquoise birds and pressed a turquoise catchall back into service.  Instead of putting plates back on the rail (blah), I decided to use the rail to showcase our family portraits.  I am thinking about changing the shades on the chandelier from the frosted ones to clear glass to give the room more light and to allow the chandelier to match a little bit better.   I have a buffet or sideboard on my wishlist. I have lots of linens, candles and decor items I need to store. You also may notice that the mantel is different. We switched it for the one in the study. I hope to replace the slipcovered folding chairs with something more substantial one day.  That may be after I win the lottery.  Oh, wait, you have to buy tickets for that….darn.

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I know, I know.  Its not Victorian.  Even though the style of my house is Victorian, that particular style is not where I receive my decorating inspiration.  I tend to enjoy modern/country/eclectic…trying to marry all three is definitely fun here at our house!  It works for me.  I hope you are celebrating this completion of a project with me! 

Also, soon, I will post pictures of our bathroom remodel.  I am still waiting for my wonderful husband to install the vanity and hook up the plumbing to our new double sink.  Once that is done, I will post the before and afters of that.

In case you are interested, click here to see my inspiration pictures.

Good night all!

Andrea

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3 thoughts on “I finally painted! Dining Room Evolution

  1. LOVE IT! Turquoise and gray is just so chic! The room is completely transformed! I especially love the tree/bird decal…very whimsical! I’m so glad you found my blog and that some of the images even inspired you!

  2. Hello Andrea-

    What color trim did you use for the Anchor Gray? I’ve just painted a room this color and need some help with the trim. Best, Janet

    • The wainscoting, plate rail and fireplace (pocket doors…pretty much the trim in my whole house!) is painted Easter Lily by Glidden.

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